Sam's reported style reminds me a bit of Ange Postecoglou.
In Japan in his first season he was up against relegation but finished mid table while his team scored the second most goals in the league.
Two seasons later they comfortably won the J League scoring the most goals but behind a host...
They would have to be a bit spooked by the Vic metro go home factor.
Also a very strong SA crop next year. Wouldn't surprise me to see them move into next year's draft with the idea of having more chance of landing Ryan, Lemmey, D'Aloia, Keeler. Plus draft ammo for Lukosious/Rankine.
With 8 list spots up for grabs, I'd be surprised if we didn't take a DFA or two. Some potential delisted/OOC players (potential DFAs is never a very inspiring list so be nice):
I think you might be overstating the case with Ward. His decision making in tight is very good along with very clean hands. Rarely misses targets. Phillips seems to need his decisions to be pretty straightforward to consistently hit targets and isn't as clean or smart in a contest, despite being...
I think we take more than three national draft selections. Plus if last year is anything to go by, picks will fly around on draft night. They could be used, bundled to get someone in the 40s, traded into next year's draft. Who knows.